As if Athens doesn’t already have top-of-the-line food venues, there are now even more to add to the list. From wood-fired pizza to innovative Asian cuisine to unbeatable brunch, these restaurants have what it takes to satisfy any craving!
Brixx: Wood Fired Pizza
Brixx: Wood Fired Pizza is not an average pizza joint. Located on West Washington Street, customers can stop by and enjoy an open, contemporary atmosphere, grab some brew from their list of 24 beers on tap, and enjoy a one-of-a-kind pizza fresh from the oven. Not only is the pizza stone-baked, but there is wood thrown in the oven to infuse the pies with a mouth-watering fiery flavor!
Having only been open in Athens since March, Brixx has already attracted a good deal of customers and achieved most popular menu items.
“For the men, it’s the Bronx Bomber, and for the Ladies, the Greek Pizza,” says manager Bradwell Lane.
Brixx’s unique draft selection includes beers from breweries across the country as well as local brews. Customers are bound to find a beer to satisfy whatever type they crave at Brixx. The restaurant offers 14 different wines, from Chardonnay to White Zinfandel, for wine lovers. Order a glass, or even a bottle, and pinkies up!
For health nuts, Brixx offers an extensive gluten-free menu, including gluten-free crust, ample gluten-free toppings, salad, and even gluten-free beer.
Brixx is open late night, too! They are open until 2 a.m. Monday-Saturday and midnight on Sunday. Party animals can stop by after downtown and satisfy those late night cravings.
Being college students comes with the inevitable stereotype of an empty wallet. Once again, Brixx comes to the rescue. Come in anytime past 10 p.m., and enjoy buy-one-get-one FREE pizzas and buy-one-get-one FREE beer. Who could pass up a deal like that?
It’s clear that Brixx targets several audiences: the beer-lovers, the wine-drinkers, the carb-junkies, the health-conscious, the night-owls, and those on a budget, so don’t forget to stop by!
Iron Factory isn’t the typical Korean restaurant. Located on Washington Street where Farm 255 used to be, it’s one-of-a-kind and has tons to offer! This Korean Barbecue joint delivers its food with a twist: cast-iron skillets are placed on each table, so the food cooks right in front of the consumer.
Iron Factory delivers a variety of sizzling entrees, including chicken, Bulgogi Steak and Prime Ribeye, cooked fresh to order.
“My personal favorite is the Red Pepper Pork Belly,” manager Zach Evans says.
In addition to their succulent menu selections, Iron Factory offers private parties in elegant, spacious rooms that seat up to 40 people with huge flat screens for karaoke.
Ideal for celebrating birthdays and special events, Iron Factory offers any type of drink imaginable: draft beer, domestic beer, premium beer, champagne, wine, sparkling wine, martinis, cocktails, frozen drinks and more. They even have a chocolate milk drink with chocolate liqueur for a dessert with a kick.
Iron Factory stays open late until 2 a.m. Monday-Saturday and midnight on Sunday. The restaurant features a large, outdoor seating area that adds to the late-night social atmosphere, as well as live music.
Before Iron Factory, it would take a 60-mile drive to Atlanta for Korean barbecue, but now the drive is less than five.
Who doesn’t love Sunday brunch? Better yet, who doesn’t love Sunday Brunch at J. Christophers? The new location on South Lumpkin Street opened in April and has a lot to offer when it comes to breakfast, lunch and the in between: brunch. J. Christopher’s offers something delicious to satisfy a craving of something sweet, wholesome, and hearty. Open from 7 a.m. to 2 p.m. Monday through Sunday, J. Christopher’s provides the opportunity to stop by and fuel up before class, grab a late lunch after leaving campus, or enjoy a weekend brunch with friends.
For breakfast and brunch, Manager Chris Santarufo recommends J. Christopher’s most popular item, “Benny,” the traditional but tried and true Egg’s Benedict with poached eggs, savory Canadian bacon and rich hollandaise sauce on a warm English muffin.
Sweeter options include the breakfast parfait, chocolate chip pancakes, and of course J. Christopher’s signature dish, the blueberry crunch cakes: a combination of fluffy house-made pancakes, fresh blueberries and crunchy granola.
Healthier menu choices include J. Christopher’s low-fat “Healthy Starts,” such as a turkey sausage platter, a turkey bacon platter, an egg white sub, and even Atkins and South Beach Diet dishes.
With its welcoming, family-friendly environment and a touch of tasteful modern artwork, J. Christopher’s provides a new place to break bread and build bonds. So Skip Mama’s Boy next time, and come try J.C’s!
Taqueria Tsunami calls itself “A Tidal Wave of Flavors,” and that label couldn’t be more accurate. This Latin-Asian kitchen located on Epps Bridge Parkway is definitely full of unique flavor.
The restaurant’s shrimp tempura taco won an award at The Taste of Marietta with a blend of shrimp tempura topped with Asian slaw, fresh cilantro and a hoisin-lime aioli. But shrimp isn’t where it stops.
Other menu items include The Gringo Taco with beef, queso, lettuce and pico de gallo, the Aloha Taco with teriyaki chicken, pineapple pico de gallo and spicy mayo, The BBQ Short Rib with Kogi BBQ ribs topped with cucumber salad, and so much more! The endless flavors at Taqueria Tsunami provide plenty of variety.
On top of the one-of-a-kind tacos, they offer an array of starters, bowls, quesadillas, desserts and salads. For special events, Taqueria caters the real life of the party: Flavor!
They may label the restaurant “A Tidal Wave of Flavors,” but the name of the restaurant holds significance beyond an assortment of seasonings. Taqueria Tsunami gives back to the community by supporting tsunami relief organizations. In addition, they donate a portion of their sales to the Georgia Red Cross. If sharing a meal brings people together, this cultured cuisine might be just the flavor Athens has been missing.